“I’ve thought a lot about (the back-to-back Opens). I think it’s very interesting…I think it will be great.”
“Pinehurst No. 2 has a lot of great history…and if all else fails, I hear there’s a lot of other Pinehurst (courses) to play.”*
*Yes indeed, Michelle. We know of AT LEAST SEVEN other ones you might want to try. Let us know. We’ll take care of it.
When asked whether she had concerns about No. 2 being able to handle a second Open just days after the men complete their championship:
“Pinehurst No. 2 has a lot of great history…and if all else fails, I hear there’s a lot of other Pinehurst (courses) to play.” -Michelle Wie
“I have a little bit of concerns here and there, but at the same time I know the USGA will do a great job. They’re smart, they know what they’re doing, and I’m sure when we tee off on Thursday it will be in tip-top condition and we won’t even know that the men were even there.”
Wie, also, thinking about the health of women’s golf and how the back-to-back Opens experience may help:
“Hopefully all the fans will stay after watching the first U.S. Open because I think it will be great for fans. It’s like a one-stop and two tournaments. I think we’ll have a lot bigger gallery for our event, which is a definite plus for us.”
Will she take notes from the men the week before?
“I definitely will watch how they play, where to avoid and where to go. I’ll definitely be watching golf that weekend – which is a change for me.” (Laughs.)
Worried about driving zones since Wie is a bomber off the tee? Might there be divots in her landing zones from the week before?
“I’m not really too worried about it. I feel like if I’m worried about it now, I’ll never hit a fairway there. If it’s in the fairway, you won’t be in any divot.” (Laughs.)
But now we’d like to give one more shot to what we believe are some of our best news items, posts and videos of 2013, but for some reason didn’t get the traction we expected or hoped.
So here they live on one more time. We hope you enjoy them….THIS TIME.*
*OK, we’re having a little fun here. Please know we appreciate our readers more than any of you will ever know. We’re proud of our content (most of it, anyway – KIDDING), and we’re thankful it has a home and such a dedicated following. So thanks to all of you for every single click. We take none of them for granted. Now, with that said…)
OK, we can kind of get this one, too. You’re still miffed somebody named Michael Campbell won the 2005 U.S. Open at Pinehurst.
But what do you really know about Campbell and his standing in golf at the time of his career highlight? Did he really come out of nowhere? How does he remember it? And Tiger? What is Campbell like now, even after his game fell apart?
He told us, and we promise one thing about this story and video:
If you watch this, you will root for Campbell to make some sort of comeback, even if it’s just for one week somewhere, anywhere.
Hall of Fame basketball coach Roy Williams has always had an affinity for golf, so at his most recent Pinehurst visit, we chatted with him about how golf and basketball might be linked (Scroll to 1:45 in the above video). But we also asked what rounds of golf were like with Michael Jordan and Dean Smith, and even heard Roy’s best story about golfing with Coach Smith – and it happened right here on Pinehurst No. 2 (3:45).
But once we asked about Roy Williams’ philosophy concerning taking timeouts – or, in reality, NOT TAKING timeouts – that’s when the post hit the message boards and began to spread like wildfire. (Scroll to 5:45.)
One of our best additions to the Pinehurst Blog this year has been the writing of acclaimed author Lee Pace, as valuable a historian on Pinehurst and its place in golf as you will find anywhere on the planet. Lee authored several intriguing posts for us this year, and will continue to do so leading up to the U.S. Opens in 2014.
Here, Pace tells the story of how Bobby Jones came to choose Alister MacKenzie over the famed Donald Ross to design Augusta National – and breaking a supposed handshake agreement with Ross in the process. Read the role the fate of golf – and losing – played into Jones’ decision, and the legendary impact the decision made on Ross and his vision for what No. 2 could become.
It is because of Pinehurst’s lasting and continuing place in golf and Southern hospitality so many want to be here and experience what makes our home so special. And so they come, whether it’s for leisure and a round of golf, or to preview their chance at earning a seat with the game’s immortality.
But as we also saw, history can happen on any day at Pinehurst. And in 2013, it did.
And we had the camera rolling.
Here are Pinehurst’s Top 5 most-viewed videos of 2013.
First, a few videos that didn’t quite make the cut.
North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams equated golf and basketball, recalled rounds with Dean Smith and Michael Jordan – and in comments that lit up Tar Heels message boards, discussed his timeout philosophy.
The two-time U.S. Open Champion knows a thing or two about Pinehurst – he won back-to-back North & South Amateurs and earned his card at Q School on No. 2 in 1977 – so Strange was the perfect guy to ask about the USGA’s decision to change the pars of the 4th and 5th holes for the 2014 U.S. Open.
This might have been the most fun we had putting a video together all year. (Sorry, Tony and Jay; y’all were a close second.) What do you do when the greatest disc golfer of all time shows up to play “Ball Golf” on Pinehurst No. 2? You ask for a few tricks. And we got them.
Will Grimmer, of Cincinnati, set the golf world ablaze one hazy July afternoon when word of his 59 on Pinehurst No. 1 during the second round of the North & South Junior Amateur began to spread. We had to talk to him, and before you knew it, Grimmer’s interview with Pinehurst was featured on The Golf Channel – and everywhere else.
“I’ve never gotten more texts, e-mails and Facebook messages in my life,” Grimmer told us a day later – after he DIDN’T win the tournament. “And then I click on The Golf Channel (Wednesday) night and I see the interview I did with (Pinehurst Resort). I couldn’t believe that. I was like, “Oh my gosh. That’s me on TV.’
“It’s still cool to have gotten the attention of shooting 59. No one can ever take that away from me.”